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“Well Rounded Great Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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5820 Carroll Boyer Road, Frederick, MD 21769   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Frederick B&B and Inns
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“Well Rounded Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2008

Wow, what an amazing and beautiful place. My husband purchased Stone Manor B& B for me, for Christmas. His idea was to have a romantic night away from our daughter for the first time. Well this place did it. When we arrived to Stone Manor, both of the owners were there to greet us. We asked for a tour and got a very interesting history lesson of the house. There were many rooms to pick from. I picked the Laurel Suite. In this room there was a warm welcoming fireplace to help take off the chill from the cold winter. There was plenty of space within this room. We really liked the setting of the bedroom, which was in its own room. There was a walk out porch overlooking the well maintained land, a queen size sleigh bed. There were fresh linens, a Jacuzzi tub that you could fit a whole family in, and a shower that was one of a kind. The shower was one but had multiple shower heads so that you and your spouse could be in there together and not get cold. What a great idea. We settled in for a romantic night with a complementary tray assorted with fruit, cheese, crackers, olives, bite size sausage, and wine. We were able to get a well deserved peaceful night sleep. The next morning we went into the dining room for fresh coffee, juices, fruit, and an assortment of pastries. I would stay there again, if fact, we have asked for Stone Manor to let us know when the new B & B room is completed to let us know so that we may be one of first to enjoy it. Thank you Stone Manor for letting us stay with you and giving us such a great experience. We look forward to another visit soon.

  • Liked — Loved the whole expereiene, it was our first and won't be our last
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

We stayed in the Laurel room which had a nice gas fireplace, a comfortable bed, a little porch balcony, and an enormous, sumptuous bathtub for two, with jets and all. There was wine and cheese brought to us both evenings. We had a lovely time all in all, but there were a few serious downsides:

First, breakfast. At Motel 6 or Days Inn the reception area often has a pot of coffee and maybe some muffins and fruit, if I remember correctly. This level of quality far exceeds what Stone Manor serves for breakfast. We had lukewarm coffee that was light brown--basically just hot water (probably half to one-third strength of normal coffee), some stale muffins cut in quarters, and some artificial, machine-made tiny pastry cups with some egg-containing material filling the inside, obviously fresh out of the freezer and now around room temperature. Actually, we didn't really have these things for breakfast.... We took a nibble/sip of the offerings and immediately made the decision to drive into town and have some Cracker Barrel. Stone Manor's breakfast was the second worst breakfast I think that I have ever had.... Second only to some stale corn flakes mixed with warm peach yoghurt that I forced myself to choke down for energy, between fits of nausea from altitude sickness at 1am as we put on crampons to make an attempt for an Andean summit. And that wasn't really the base camp's fault.... It was days of walking to get to any food source. I checked--Stone Manor may be in the country but it's only about a 4 minute drive to the nearest market. And yet, no fruit. No juice. No cereal. No piping hot waffles with blueberries and powdered sugar. No sizzling bacon. No scrambled eggs. It didn't even qualify for a continental breakfast except maybe if by 'continental' they include certain horrific European famines of the Middle Ages. The other downsides, like no bubble bath soap for the tub and getting perpetually locked out of the building and not enough towels, are trivial in comparison. All in all the room was nice and the grounds rather pretty in a simple farmhouse way, but I beg you, for the love of God and all things holy, do NOT eat their breakfast! And if you have pets, be sure to keep them away from the food as well.

Stayed December 2007
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brian21769, Director at Stone Manor, responded to this review, February 6, 2008
I would like to thank the writer for their comments and am pleased to note that they enjoyed many of the amenities of the Inn.

I have noted the writer’s comments regarding the breakfast and am sincerely apologetic that the offerings failed to please. Our menu has always included fresh fruit, juice and baked goods. We have taken the writers comments into account and have added additional offerings to our European Continental Breakfast.

Thank you for your comments. All of us at Stone Manor look favorably upon opportunities to exceed expectations and we look forward to welcoming you back once again in the future.

Brian Childs, Director
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2002

Stone Manor Inn is a lovely -- but expensive -- retreat about 45 minutes from Washington. D.C. Our room was huge, comfortable, and nicely appointed (at $275 a night, it should be). Sadly, Stone Manor's dining experience is nowhere near what it used to be. Last year, we enjoyed a sumptuous and innovative multicourse tasting dinner, well worth the $70 per person price, particularly when coupled a selection from with the chef's exceptional wine list. So it was with trepidation that we learned that the chef had departed in August, 2002, to South Carolina. Our concerns were justified. Stone Manor's food still looks good, but looks can be deceiving. Dinner began badly enough when the first two wine selections I made were "out of stock", which our server gamely tried to explain as "reorganization" of the wine cellar under the new chef. My third selection, a nice Australian Shiraz, arrived so cold that it took more than half the dinner to warm to an acceptable drinking temperature, the coldness closing off the wine and leaving it tasting thin and uninteresting. When it finally warmed to room temperature, it was very good, but no one should have to wait half the meal to enjoy a $50 bottle of wine. Our dinner was disappointing from start to finish. My first course of "two confits" consisted of duck and game hen confit, two small pieces of game hen (breast and leg) sitting on top of black eyed pea puree mixed with shreds of duck confit. The pea puree was underseasoned (a theme throughout the dinner); the duck and game hen dry and dull. Altogether, a bland disappointment that, like every course of the dinner, looked beautiful. My wife's appetizer of salmon atop a berry puree looked better than it tasted, the puree at odds with the fish. The soup course, a white bean soup with a squash stuffed ravioli, finished with truffle oil, fared little better. The soup, was hard to eat, served as it was in an oversized and oddly flat and shallow bowl. In contrast to the res
although the truffle oil lent a nice counterpoint to the salty blandness of the soup itself. The ravioli was undercooked, rendering it a bit too al dente, the whole white beans in the soup were virtually uncooked, lending an unappetizing chalky crunchiness to the dish. My entree of duck breast over black sticy rice was typical of the meal: the duck breast was nicely cooked but lacking in any discernable flavor; the black sticky rice was, oddly, not sticky at all, each grain perfectly separate, and apparently unseasoned. Accompanied by undercooked brussel sprouts and sauced (barely) with a madeira cream, the neither the sum nor the parts of this dish made much sense, rather as though the chef had selected what he or she thought would look good on the plate, with no eye to pulling the diverse ingredients together as a whole. Likewise my wife's lambshank ragout, stuffed into a few oversized ravioli and served with a veal demiglace. She would rather have had the lambshanks themselves. Dessert for me was a "tarte tatin" napolean, which, after an endless delay, arrived stone cold, chewy, and dull. My wife's warm chocolate cake was excellent, but not worth the delay it took to make it.

Last years dinner was a revalation: innovative, creative, imaginative and generous cooking in a lovely rural setting. What a difference a chef makes! This year's dining at Stone Manor Inn is a waste of time and money. This is now a restaurant seriously at risk: ambitiously visual cooking in which looks, not taste, seem to be the main objective. Carelessly cooked, underseasoned, and for the most part dull food served at hefty Washington prices make Stone Manor a dining decision best avoided until a surer hand takes over the kitchen once again.

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Property: Stone Manor
Address: 5820 Carroll Boyer Road, Frederick, MD 21769
Location: United States > Maryland > Frederick
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Frederick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 18th-century manor offers elegant lodging in a sophisticated, yet unpretentious atmosphere. Luxurious suites feature fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, private porches, fine linens, and period antiques. Nestled in the Middletown Valley, the pastoral views of working farmland, preserved parkland, and beautiful mountains create a tranquil backdrop for a spectacular Inn. The expansive grounds of the 100 acre estate encourage wonderful country pursuits. Let nature's beauty restore your senses before you set out to enjoy the many nearby attractions. Relax, Rekindle, Restore, Rejuvenate, and Refresh at The Inn at Stone Manor - So Far Away, Yet So Close To Home. ... more   less 
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